Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Monday, 7 November 2011

Unity Stamp - Five Designs For Christmas!

Well it is dawning upon me that the 25th December is drawing nearer (or galloping might be more appropriate). Card making is in hand for a variety of cards. Here is how one stamp can be used with various mediums and have different looks – so boredom does not set in!
These Unity stamps are great value (pre cut foam mounting at reasonable price) Itty Bitty by Unity stamps, A Child is Born. 
The centre of the first card I have showed before – the method of doing centre stamped image is here in detail. Summary of metallic centre piece is - used Versamark pad + layered up a number of embossing powders (each layer adhered with Versamark) then cook it with heat gun. So it goes Versamark + Embossing powder + cook again.
Used clear embossing powder, pearl, little copper and finally two layers of silver (cooked with heat gun after each layer) to give the gorgeous effect. A fun method to play with! Then stamped in black on clear acetate, & adhered with Dimensional magic. Used Candy Cane embossing folder extended, labels four Nestabilties for frames and ribbon + bling.
The card above right is explained on the post below - or click here 
The next one on left is a brayer card. I ended up sponging too, so you could see the words through the white embossing of stamp. See an excellent example of this method see this exquisite card on Lisa's blog. I was reminded of this method on her lovely Lisa's Craft Garden, see here.
For this I used the Kaleidocolor Blue Breeze Dye ink pad, with Cuttlebug Plus embossing folder Brocade Window, + pearls. The paper I used is lustre white and has a lovely sheen but you cannot see that.

The green, gold, black one is done with the Nellie Snellen Ovals - and needs repeating as little bit of gold lifted when gluing it down. Like the design though, and has Martha Stewart punch in the corner.
The bottom left card is another brayer/sponged card, Adirondack inks + white embossing powder on glossy white cardstock. I also used the left over bit of the frame from the Nellie Snellen Rectangle which I had after cutting the mount for the second card above in blue and silver -thought it was too lovely and different to throw away.

I mounted it on  blue card cuttled with Cuttlebug embossing folder Moroccan Screen.

For those of you who are on the WOYWW blog hop with our Julia this Wednesday when we check out the desks of the world, sorry but I shall be AWOL. Too much on the plate at present. So this post is instead of one then.

For any of you who are my Wonderful Encouragers of this blog - I want to you to join us in some candy, which is a very big THANK YOU for all your encouragement over the past year this blog has been in existence - thank you so much and see this post here.

Thanks everyone for dropping by for a look and a chat! May God bless your day wherever you may be,
Shaz in Oz.x


Glenda said...


Anonymous said...

That is a great stamp Shaz and I love how each card is different. Yes, it's creeping up on us really fast, won't be long now!! Hope you get everything done this week that you need to get off your plate.


505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,
Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. No, I don't like oysters either - just pearls!!!

Your cards look so nice. I love the blue and white card - so elegant looking.

shazsilverwolf said...

Hi Shaz, these are truly beautiful, as always. You quite put me to shame, I haven't even started Christmas cards yet! Love that Brocade Window- how gorgeous is that! Hope you are having a good week, Shaz xx

:)) ...Вика said...

Shaz, красивые карты! Штамп и тиснение выглядят прекрасно!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Vika Dolya said in Russian:
Shaz, beautiful cards! Stamp and emboss look great!

Joyce across the Pond said...

Great cards but so much involved in making them! Love your colours....I've mine all made but are very humble ones this year - hence the quick finish.

Anne said...

All your cards are so beautiful and it is impossible to choose a favourite! I love the stamp image and how you have changed the look of each card. very inspirational and thank you for the tutorial links!

Eileen said...

Beautiful cards Shaz .... love the white embossing, so elegant ... Hope you are well xxxx

MaggieC (Silvercrafter) said...

Only just got round to this post, Shaz, after wondering where you were this week. Hope your awol bit is for fun and not for any health issues. That is another beautiful batch of cards.

Chris(craft) and Dave(photos) Richards said...

Hi Shaz, love your cards....such a modern design for the nativity !
Thankyou for your kind comments on my blog !!
love and hugs
chris richards

Margaret said...

Hi Sharon (Shaz)
Thanks so much for sending the beautiful card and contents to my daughter Debbie. She was thrilled to recieve it (as of course was I). It will be soon in her special book where all such cards are stored - to be looked at and read often. You ahve a wonderful blog and make the most stunning cards. Every blessing as you continue to minister in this unique fashion. Margaret

Donna Hanley said...

Shaz, This card is so very pretty. Love the embossing and the color scheme. You are one very talented lady. I can learn a lot from you and I'm so glad you found me, so I could find you. The world does go round and round, huh? I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations.

Bridget Larsen said...

I went looking for your desk on the 9th and you are missing in action lol.

Sheree said...

Morning Shaz! Thanks for your incredible comment on my blog! These cards of yours are gorgeous!! Hope Blogger will let me post this comment too.
Let me know the addy to send a card to. I will make one up special if I know how she is ailing!
Have a wonderful week!!
Hugs from across the pond!

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